Peruvian Judge Rules 3 Palestinians Must Stand Trial for Conspiracy

A Peruvian judge has ruled that three alleged members of the Abu Nidal gang must stand trial on charges of conspiring to attack Jews and Americans in that country, and for plotting other terrorist acts, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith reported on Friday.

The three are being held without bail, denied them by Judge Daniel Tumay, according to Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, director of the ADL’s Latin American affairs department.

The judge said the three had records of terrorism in several countries, including Austria, Italy and Israel.

They were identified by the ADL as Hocine Bouzidi, alias Ali Muhamad Ali Isa A1 Batmi, 36, an Algerian national; Amad Assaad Mohamed, alias Salem Abdel Azia, 19, a Lebanese national; and Mohamed Abdelrahman Abed, alias Muatsim, 19, a national of Egypt.

The ADL said all are Palestinians.

According to the ADL, at the time of their arrest in July 1988 the three men had in their possesion the license plate numbers of Peruvian Jews, and information about Jews, other individuals and institutions they had targeted for attack.

These included the U.S. Embassy in Lima, and Peruvian and international planes and ships.

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